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by As I in does tries!
Jul 30, 2021 13:26:37 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing

Please let us know if you need help sorting out any challenges or technical issues experienced while using this forum. Feel free to use this area for testing purposes. Unregistered guests are allowed to post in this "technical help" board if having trouble registering, or a registered member who has become locked out for technical reasons.

156 1,411 Introducing the new UPLOAD FILE button
by Tommy
Jul 24, 2021 2:23:53 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 4 Viewing

Rock tumbling discussion topics including rotary or vibe methods, recipes, grits, cleanup, etc. Get help from world class rock tumbling experts

5,125 63,267 Rotary tumbler recommendation
by rewdownunder
Jul 30, 2021 23:31:38 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 3 Viewing

Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

3,639 49,896 Shiny rocks: pt 1
by quartzilla
Jul 30, 2021 21:45:55 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 4 Viewing

All things related to creating cabochons, including photos of your latest masterpieces, works in progress, or requests for advice

11,222 149,695 Obsidian - I Really Don't Get It...And Feeling Frustrated
by jasoninsd
Jul 31, 2021 0:27:02 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping

Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

4,848 60,068 Wraps 7/24/21 - Botswana Agates
by jasoninsd
Jul 30, 2021 23:35:16 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing

Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

952 13,299 Marcasite with druzy pendant
by opalpyrexia
Jul 30, 2021 23:17:20 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

338 4,714 Noob Tool For Drilling Holes
by Rockoonz
Jul 18, 2021 23:51:44 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc. - 5 Viewing

Show off your finished creations, or on-going projects, using various materials or methods that exercise your creativity and expand your lapidary skills, while inspiring others to grow with you

1,637 24,724 Door Stops
by Pat
Jun 7, 2021 16:53:34 GMT -5
No New Posts Faceting, Gem Cutting, and Gemstones - 2 Viewing

Discussions and photos related to gemstones and faceting including specimens, tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

104 1,497 Is faceting fun?
by perkins17
Jul 28, 2021 10:18:21 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making

Discussion and photos of all things related to the art of sphere making, including techniques, equipment, and showing off your finished specimens

152 2,662 My smallest sphere
by jasoninsd
Jul 13, 2021 9:06:52 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for lapidary specific posts that are deemed exceptional and informative, and important to be preserved as a topic specific article or DIY tutorial. Please do not post questions in these areas - posts are created here as topic specific tutorials or moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock Tumbling Tutorials, Creating Cabochons Tutorials, Wire Wrapping Tutorials, Metal Smithing Tutorials, Other Articles and Tutorials

by Tommy
Jul 6, 2021 8:32:09 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for rock sciences related posts that are specifically written in article format. Please do not post questions in these areas. Posts here are created as topic specific articles, or they are judged by staff to be exceptional and informative on a rock sciences subject, and are moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock and Mineral Identification, Geology 101, Archaeology and Artifacts, Paleontology and Fossils, Astronomy, Impacts, Physics

558 4,483 Pre-Phoenix
by 1dave
Jul 29, 2021 13:59:26 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 4 Viewing

All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

13,394 145,104 Recommendations Please
by drocknut
Jul 29, 2021 14:53:11 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 1 Viewing

We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

6,093 62,910 This could take a while...
by jasoninsd
Jul 30, 2021 21:49:14 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 1 Viewing

Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


1,880 23,414 Replacement Motor for Lortone 3A Tumbler
by jlcochran42
Jul 30, 2021 19:22:30 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos - 1 Viewing

Show us your specimen pieces, polished or not. Slabs or thunder-eggs or any other rock related item destined for a display case because it is just too beautiful or too important to cut up

3,468 40,313 Pet wood and montana agate
by jasoninsd
Jul 30, 2021 20:29:02 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts

Discussions and photos of all things related to fossils and ancient human artifacts

1,126 12,032 Coral Fossil from Ohio
by amygdule
Jul 21, 2021 10:55:54 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 6 Viewing

Post photos and ask questions to get help identifying your unknown rocks and specimens

2,916 24,169 Mexican moss agate / jasper & sagenite agate ID help needed
by jadedvision
Jul 30, 2021 23:22:34 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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A place for posting all of those pictures that don't quite fit into any of the other categories - vacations, puppies, etc.

9,907 136,284 High Tech Water Protection for Camera
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Jul 27, 2021 18:58:09 GMT -5
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Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

774 25,471 *~ OPEN ~* Cabochon Challenge July 2021 Theme: COPPER
by Tommy
Jul 30, 2021 9:51:49 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 2 Viewing

Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

2,722 32,208 Video - Finding nice Quartz Crystals
by quartzilla
Jul 30, 2021 23:24:40 GMT -5
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1,345 11,015 Kingsley North- Great Experience
by rockpickerforever
Jul 28, 2021 21:19:58 GMT -5
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Jul 29, 2021 11:08:45 GMT -5
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Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

12,027 163,964 Americans Avoiding Corona....
by stephan
Jul 30, 2021 23:57:17 GMT -5


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mohs: lesson learned -you don't want your boiled spuds to be 7 on the mohs scale Jul 29, 2021 19:44:49 GMT -5
mohs: I mean... I like a good tossed polk salad annie ,,, Jul 29, 2021 19:46:28 GMT -5 *
mohs: but you could tumble this potato salad ,,,mostly Jul 29, 2021 19:47:13 GMT -5
rickb: Don't forget the cheese on those taters Jul 29, 2021 20:41:04 GMT -5 *
mohs: now were going au gratin .. that better to-- when the potatoes are properly prepared Jul 29, 2021 20:43:42 GMT -5
amygdule: I'd pay $7 for a Cheesy Potato Casserole Jul 29, 2021 21:17:32 GMT -5
amygdule: Twice-Baked Cheddar Potato Casserole w/ Bacon Jul 29, 2021 21:21:17 GMT -5 *
rickb: Going to hit 100ยบ here today for the first time since Oct 2019 (gen_hot) Jul 30, 2021 5:32:25 GMT -5 *
mohs: good morning Jul 30, 2021 9:44:22 GMT -5
rickb: (sunshine) Jul 30, 2021 10:21:15 GMT -5
amygdule: Woke up this morning to a drunken fool wandering around in my yard. At least he was non-aggressive and left after a few minutes. Jul 30, 2021 11:18:59 GMT -5
rickb: Spot and Steal Company - Spot it during the day then come back and steal it at night. Jul 30, 2021 13:23:37 GMT -5 *
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amygdule: Black Bears down the street raiding the neighbors garbage too. Jul 30, 2021 14:19:14 GMT -5
mohs: trying to figure out what GMBC means Jul 30, 2021 15:46:52 GMT -5 *
amygdule: Gimbal.Circumference...360...100% Jul 30, 2021 16:57:36 GMT -5 *
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mohs: sometimes you eat... is that some kind of zen thing Jul 30, 2021 17:41:11 GMT -5
amygdule: If you were a Heron at low tide Jul 30, 2021 18:05:23 GMT -5 *
mohs: not a bad idea Jul 30, 2021 19:20:37 GMT -5